FUN FACTS ABOUT LATIN AMERICA (8)

Chile Wine Fun Fact

Chile may be considered “New World” and the popularity of its wines may have only exploded internationally in “recent” years. However, grapevines for use in winemaking were planted hundreds of years ago. Learn about how Chilean grapevines escaped a dreaded disease in the 1800s, and how the country is thus home to some of the […]

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Christmas Traditions in Latin America

Latin American Christmas Traditions in the Sun

Latino Christmas Are you ready for your Christmas celebrations? I’m slowly but surely getting there. Today, I want to share with you some Christmas traditions in Latin America. I love the charm and crisp beauty of a white Christmas. Songs and poems and even movies pay homage to that imagery, after all. While the sentiments […]

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A Brief Introduction to the Mexican Revolution

  In 1910, the Mexican economy was still primarily based on agriculture and mining.  Society was constructed around a feudal-style system where a handful of wealthy landowners controlled vast estates which accounted for the majority of land.  These ‘semi-kingdoms’ were autonomously run and dependent on subservient labour.  Peasant workers were usually granted a small parcel […]

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Reblog: A Week in Panama

The only time, so far, that I’ve been to Panama it was en route to Costa Rica.  I remember pressing my face almost flat against the plane’s window as I struggled to get a good view of the famed Panama Canal.  As I sat peering down at the isthmus that joins Central And South America […]

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Reblog: Mexico’s (Almost) Forgotten Holiday

Today is Feb. 4 and a holiday in Mexico.  Today’s holiday celebrates the declaration of the country’s Magna Carta.  The constitution was declared in 1917, seven years after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution.  The Revolution itself would continue for a couple more decades but the declaration of this constitution marked a turning point in […]

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Ten Facts About Brazil in the World Cup

My favourite teams this World Cup are Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico and Argentina… I kinda like France too… so many to choose from. Interestingly, the first team that I can recall supporting is Brazil.  I remember a World Cup final match from my childhood when my cousins and I sat in front of a television […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 5)

Today we will spend hours exploring the wonders of Trinidad, Cuba.  This historical gem is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5   Day 6 Visit the Valle de los Ingenios and Manaca Iznaga Explore the city with […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 4)

  We head towards central Cuba, passing through more beautiful beaches and historic towns. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3 Day 4   Day 5  Depart for Trinidad, enjoying the sites along the way. Drive towards the centre of the country along the legendary Bay of Pigs […]

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